Shibori is a form of resist-dying similar to tie-dye. In Shibori, a cloth is tightly bound, wound around an object or sewn and then dyed. The resulting cloth displays a repeating pattern based on the method of binding used.
There are a number of places where well-made Shibori-inspired design can be found on home accessories such as pillows and bedspread as well as on clothing. Here are just a few:
For anyone who loves the beautiful, ephemeral patterns of traditional Japanese resist-dyeing and would like to try their hand at it themselves, the good people at *DesignSponge, Dharma Trading and HonestlyWTF have all provided a set of easy-to-follow instructions to set you on your way.
Bryan Mason is the Co-Founder of AphroChic, and the Managing Editor for AphroChic on About.com. Read his full article: 6 Things You Didn’t Know About Shibori on About.com.